Owner: Mario-tronic, Torino (Italy)
A one-owner from new GP200 is not an everyday occurrence - but that's what we have here. Torinese customer 'Mario-tronic'; bought this scooter new as a lad and promptly caned the brand spanking new scooter down to Rome to see how it went. The scooter was used & abused for several years until being stored away and largely forgotten about in the late 70's. But not before he'd ridden it under a bus, ending the frame in the process. Judging by the state of the solidified oil inside the engine, "maintenance" also wasn't particularly high up on the agenda for young Mario at the time.
Now he wants it back up to the mark and has commissioned RLC to give his scooter s complete conserved restoration and upgrade a few things along the way. That doesn't mean a hydraulic disc or reed-valved engine, just teflon lined cables and a BGM225 kit for a bit more oooomph. The scooter will be TOTALLY stripped down, meticulously cleaned up, polished and then rebuilt with its original paint but it needs to run and ride exactly as it was when it rolled out the dealership all those years ago as a new scooter.
UPDATE: The scooter was stripped down completely 101% and the conserved resto process began. All the parts were sent off to be burnished, plated or zinced. The bodywork was meticulously checked over, piece by piece. Then it was sent off to be touched up or blown in where needed.
As with all conserved resto’s we undertake, we took endless notes of the fasteners used (i.e. the cast in numbers on the bolt heads, type, length, finish and position) and got to work on the motor. That stripped, cleaned, treated where needed and we also skimmed all he gasket faces for gas-tight sealing. The previously mentioned upgrade parts were fitted and once was completed it was immediately slotted back into the scooter’s frame, that had since returned from the paintshop.
We’re now on with cabling up the show and fitting the front end. Once the Lambretta is a running ‘skeleton’ we’ll fire it up, ride it and check all is okay before fitting the body panels.